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Cancer girl shuns extra treatment
Josie Grove
Josie Grove says she wants to enjoy spending time with her family

A 16-year-old leukaemia patient has decided to forego further treatment so she can enjoy the rest of her life.

Josie Grove, from Corbridge in Northumberland, has had two bone marrow transplants and a course of anti-cancer drugs which have not succeeded.

Having been told her condition is terminal, she is halting treatment which makes her feel ill, so she is able to enjoy time with her family.

Her parents say they fully approve of her decision.

Ms Grove, who enjoys art and swimming, was diagnosed with leukaemia two years ago when her family lived in Thailand.

They returned to the UK so she could be treated.

'Not frightened'

Josie said: "I've had enough of hospitals.

"A course of drugs I took in September left me feeling ill, shaky and aching, and it didn't do much to fight the cancer.

"I want to get on with my life and enjoy spending time with my family."

Her father, Cliff Grove, 46, said: "She is unique to be in this situation and deal with it in such a mature way.

"The transplants were pretty tough. She has just had enough of it and she is not frightened of the future and can understand it."

He added that her strength of character had made it easier for him and his 44-year-old wife, Jacqui.

His daughter's courage has been recognised by the Brave Hearts charity, based in Hexham.

She will be honoured along with 11 other local children at a ceremony in Newcastle United's St James' Park on Thursday.

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